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Review: Mega Bloks Call of Duty ODIN Space Station Strike

The following is a review of the Mega Bloks Call of Duty ODIN Space Station Strike set, provided by Amazon as part of the Amazon Vine program.

Call me an impressed Mega Bloks first-timer

I'll be honest; I'm a LEGO guy. My sister and I grew up with LEGO, and I have fond memory of them. We did have some Tyco blocks, but we were primarily LEGO.

I'm not a fan of Call of Duty, but the set looked pretty interesting, and had a 'less than LEGO' price, I figured it would be worth a try. And for the most part I'm impressed with Mega Bloks.

The figures are definitely pretty cool, with a lot of movement. These particular ones aren't designed the best, as I did have issues with keeping the belt on (at times it was either the belt was on, or the legs were). The guns are quite impressive, as the stock, clip, and barrel are all detachable.

The instructions are pretty nice, but I did have some issue determining which color was supposed to be used for a couple steps. Maybe I'm getting too old, but the grays started to blend in on some of the instructions.

I also found myself with a couple pieces that just didn't attach correctly (the hole sizing was a little too big), but I found a placement for them on the model that didn't require a tight fit. On the other hand, when I did screw up and use the wrong color I did have a slight issue getting the pieces apart (2 x 4 on top of a 2 x 6 or 8, I forget which). I eventually got it, but it wasn't as easy as I would have liked.

Ultimately the question I have is whether this experience would get me to purchase another of these sets. And given how nice the model looks, and the quality of the blocks, I'd say I would.

I'd really like to be the Mega Bloks Call of Duty ODIN Space Station Strike set a 4.5, but since I cannot I'll give it a 5 of 5 rating. The minor issues I had didn't take away from the experience, and ultimately the quality level is quite high. I'm impressed.

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Review: The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics, Second Edition: Computer Modeling and Animation (2014)

The following is a review of The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics, Second Edition: Computer Modeling and Animation, published in 2014, and written by John M. Blain.

So much information

Many many years ago I did quite a bit with POV-Ray and Rhino3D, but as I got older focused more and more on the web.

While I'd heard of Blender many times in the past, I had also heard that the GUI wasn't exactly friendly for new users. But now, thanks to this book, I've been able to successfully start digging into Blender, and may be on the path to being more than just a beginner in 3D modeling.

This book focuses on a fairly current version of Blender (only 1 release back at the time of writing this), which resulted in absolutely no issues translating what the book tells you to do with what the application actually presents for options.

Starting at the beginning, the book starts slowly building up your knowledge of the software, starting with how to select and add objects, as well as work with the basic tools, before adding on top of that more advanced topics.

The tutorials during this are fairly simple, and generally have you create a new 'empty' file, instead of building upon a single file (although this does change slightly as the book progresses).

While I wasn't able to finish all 500+ pages during my initial review period, this is definitely a book that I'll be continuing through, and will undoubtedly revisited chapters as I continue to work within Blender.

The Complete Guide to Blender Graphics, Second Edition, is highly recommend for beginners to Blender, and seems like it would be useful for more advanced users as well. For this reason I give the book a full five of five stars.

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Review: Devil Kings (2005)

The following is a review of Devil Kings, released in 2005 for the PlayStation 2.

Perfectly acceptable example of the genre

There's something satisfying about games of this particular genre. You play a kind of super-powered individual, able to wade your way through groups of the enemies armies, fighting your way to their lord(s), and taking them down.

It can certainly be repetitive, yet despite that ... the simple controls, basic story lines, multiple characters, and excited announcer, drives you play each character, and at increasing levels of difficulty.

If you're not a fan of the genre, or are a fan of the Sengoku Basara series, you won't find anything here that will win you over. I knew enough about the 'universe' after playing Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes to know a bit more about each of the characters, but names have been changed, and the historical background has been almost completely removed.

But if you like Dynasty Warriors, or enjoyed Sengoku Basara Samurai Heroes and want to play as some of those characters again, you can probably find this game cheap, and will have an enjoyable time.

Playing through all 12 characters I got somewhere over 15 hours of play. However, I still have many weapons and items to find, and still have a ways to go before my characters reach level 20.

The cutscenes look pretty dang good (as expected from the PlayStation 2). The camera ends up being a little tight on your character, especially with 'Iron OX,' and the map always in the corner, but you'll stop noticing it after a while.

While I enjoy the genre I'm pretty average when playing it, so I did feel as though I had to start at easy, but leveling up some items (which carryover to all your characters) certainly gives your other characters a better start.

It would be nice to be able to back out to the menu after getting into Conquest mode, without having to start the mission and then exit out, but it's not horribly inconvenient.

Ultimate I give Devil Kings 4 of 5 stars.

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